(Born November 17, 1867) -- Fans love the idea of having a miracle worker guiding their favorite team. The Buffalo Bisons had one such manager, although he left town before his nickname became “The Miracle Manager.”
George Stallings was born in Georgia in 1867 and graduated from Virginia Military Academy. From there he entered professional baseball in 1888 and had a variety of stops in the minors, including Toronto through the next decade or so. Stallings spent four games with Brooklyn in 1890, and then returned to play three more contests much later in the decade.
Stallings’ playing career ended in 1900, but he had already done some managing by then. Stallings joined the Bisons as skipper in 1902, and stayed through 1906. He returned to the job in 1911 and added two more years to his time here.
The Boston Braves hired him in 1913, and he suffered through a poor season. It looked like more of the same in 1914, when the Braves were in last place in late July. Then they caught fire, and somehow raced up the standings to win 52 of 66 games and take the National League pennant. Then they swept the Athletics to take the Series, earning the nickname “the Miracle Braves.”
Stallings stayed in Boston through 1920, and then managed Rochester for seven years. He died of heart disease at the age of 61.
--- Budd Bailey